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Young people tend to be more categorical about political life and performance of state employees than older Russians; at the same time, young people are more likely to appreciate order and stability.  

MOSCOW, May 22, 2017. The Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the results of a survey devoted to the study of youth. 

In the youth’s hierarchy of values (persons aged 18-34) income (15%), order and stability (11%), and self-realization (8%) are at the top. Respondents who are older (35+) appreciate first stability (18%), followed by income (13%). Remarkably, persons aged 35 and over pay more attention to patriotism than the young (8% vs 4%, respectively); however, self-realization is at the end of the list (3%). Young people are more sensitive to value crisis: the number of persons among them who think that certain values such as honesty or respect are violated.

The “Perestroika generation” is extremely sensitive, when it comes to values: they report to be facing violation of values more often than the older generations. The basic problem issues for different youth groups (apart from housing problems and health services) are as follows: for the millennials (those aged 18-20) – education (27%) and politics (27%); for the generation of the 1990s (those aged 21-28) – getting state services (33%), politics (32%); for the Perestroika generation (those aged 29-34) – job (32%) and politics (35%). Older youth (those aged 29-34) are more likely to perceive the violation of values as a political topic.

The VCIOM survey was conducted on March 31 – April 11, 2017, in 130 settlements, 46 regions and 8 federal districts of Russia. The sample size involved 9,000 persons. The survey was conducted with multi-stage stratified sample based on general rule of walking and quotas at the final selection stage; the sample is representative of the Russian population aged 18 and over according to sex, age, education, type of settlement.  The margin of error (taking into account the design effect) with 95% confidence interval does not exceed 2%. The survey method is community-based structured face-to-face interviews. Apart from the margin of error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the field work should be taken into account.

Results of the survey are available in Power Point

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